The purpose of our Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program is to help young adults achieve self-sufficiency and assure that they recognize and accept their personal responsibility to prepare for and transition from adolescence to adulthood.
The PAL program is significantly different from other programs at Youth Homes, primarily because it is essentially a case management and support service. Young people in PAL will work on a self-sufficiency plan with a counselor who will delineate budgeting and other self-sufficiency goals including things such as exploring living options, planning for education and employment, securing a primary care physician and other areas necessary for attaining self-sufficiency. The PAL counselor serves as a supportive person in the lives of the program participants, assisting them in setting achievable goals and moving towards independence. Services are typically provided by way of face-to-face meetings and other contact between the counselor and young adult. The PAL counselor will at times help with transportation to other needed services such as therapy, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric care, medical care, educational services, etc.
The young adults are eligible to remain in the program until they reach the age of 21 as long as they continue to participate with the counselor and meet the education or employment requirement. Aftercare consists of connections to community resources and services that are appropriate to the needs of the client leaving the PAL Program.